Basically the cruise ride was ok, but the the seat was uncomfortable which we got the seat no 15D and 15E...
1 the glasses box drop from the top and hit Lee
2 the relax leg area, 1 can lift up, 1 cannot
3 both seats was unable to lay down as others.
you should reconsider to block the last row of seat for selling. This is unfair for those whose get the last row!
Great way to travel from Mandalay to Bagan! The boat is beautiful made of teak, with comfortable chairs inside air conditioned and a nice deck. Food is above expectation, and the crew is very friendly.
The meals, the stopover at the little village short walk and possibility to buy hats and the demonstration of longhi fashion make the long trip easy to handle. They sell all kinds of drinks for reasonable prices.
This was a great way to get from Mandalay to Bagan. The boat was very nice, bathrooms were clean and the rooftop deck with bar was awesome! We also really enjoyed the stop at the local village at the half way point. The crew were attentive and friendly. They even did small demonstrations with the longyi and Thanaka make up. Great way to travel!
I can't recommend this river boat cruise highly enough. The staff were brillian - friendly, helpful and funny keeping us entertained as well as waiting on us and looking after us very well. Everything was well planned and meticulous. The breakfast and lunch were delicious and well presented on the upper deck while we enjoyed stunning views across the river. The stop off at the local village was a nice break from cruising and it was nice to meet the villagers and see there way of life. We all seemed to enjoy the straw hat making demonstrations and most of us bought a hat and wore it for the rest of the trip! The crew's longhi and tanaka demonstrations were hilarious and again served to break up the afternoon. The rest of the time we spent relaxing in sun loungers or chilling in the air conditioned lower deck lounge area. We didn't have any suncream with us so got quite sunburnt on our day so be sure to have some handy. The other thing to watch out for are the women 'porters' who grab your bags from the taxi and head off down to the boat with them. We thought this was arranged by the boat company but it wasn't and it was a bit uncomfortable when they asked people for money. We gave them 1000 kyats although a lot of people didn't give any money. The other thing, and which I had read about on a blog but forgotten, is that when you arrive at the Nyaung-U jetty a swarm of people descends shouting taxi, taxi and it's a bit disconcerting. Also as soon as you set off they will stop and you will have to pay 25,000 kyats per person at a kiosk for a 5 day permit allowing access to the archaeological zone. This also comes as a bit of a surprise. No major issue with any of this but it's nice to be forewarned. Everything else was outstanding and we arrived around 4.30pm not 5.30pm as we had thought.
I booked this tour based on a fellow traveller's review who stated this was the company to use and I heartily concur! Excellent value for money. Lovely ship and wonderful crew. The stop in a local village not only provides an opportunity to break up what is potentially a long trip, beautiful scenery aside, but it also gives insight into village life and allows us to support the local economy hat making. The cultural demonstration how to wear a longyi and how to apply tanaka paste was informative and entertaining. The range of activities including a meal makes the trip so much more than just a way to get from point A to point B. Highly recommend.